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Health: Telephone Services

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to develop Payment by Results into the area of telephone consultations. (189594)

The “Options for the Future of Payment by Results: 2008-09 to 2010-11” consultation document put forward proposals for developing a tariff for non-face-to-face consultations by 2010-11. We are putting in place the ‘building blocks’ that would enable this type of tariff to be introduced. No decision has yet been made for the date of its implementation.